Hello everyone! This is my first post here on POTN, though I have been a member for quite some time. The first DSLR I started out with was a Canon 60d and I certainly learned a lot through experience and by reading many of the posts here on this site. I have also enjoyed viewing all the great photos you all have taken! I have since moved up to the 7d Mark II and I will be shooting a lot of airshows this summer starting in a few weeks or so.
I recently have been reading a bit about back button focusing and since a lot of you have photos of birds in flight (which would be very similar to planes), I was curious to see if any of you use back button focusing and get some impressions on whether or not it would be worth checking out. Right now, I am relying on pressing the shutter down halfway for focusing. I am thinking it may be worthwhile to at least try this out (worst case I don't like it and revert back), but was interested in hearing some opinions from the more experienced photographers in this thread as to whether or not it benefited them.
Thanks so much for any input!
Welcome. I used (and still can) the shutter button for many years and had no issues keeping it half pressed. As long as you can lift your finger back to the half position to keep tracking between bursts. I started to use the BBF last year and it works well. I'm so used to using the shutter sometime when I intend to use the BBF I find myself using the shutter when I don't concentrate.
Many people like to use it because you don't have to worry about keeping the shutter half pressed. Give it at try.